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School Ingnore Minimum Temperature Laws

Discussion in 'Education news' started by MrMcGuffie, Sep 7, 2020.

  1. MrMcGuffie

    MrMcGuffie New commenter

    My school is throwing open its windows as part of its coronavirus strategy regardless of the weather. Teachers on social media are telling me that their schools are doing the same. Don't schools have to abide by minimum temperature laws? When I've questioned this, I've just been told to wear more layers and wrap up warm.
    What is happening in your schools?
  2. PeterQuint

    PeterQuint Lead commenter

  3. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    If i was feeling under the weather I would self-certify if my working environment was under 16.
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  4. Catgirl1964

    Catgirl1964 Senior commenter

    The minimum temperature recommended for classrooms is 18 degrees
  5. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Last edited: Sep 8, 2020
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  6. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    When we had issues with this I got a bunch of thermometers from science and bluetacked one to the wall next to the whiteboard in every affected classroom and asked the staff to make a note of readings.
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  7. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    Last edited: Sep 8, 2020
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  8. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    It's a tricky one. What's more important, fresh air to reduce infection risk or a sensible working temperature? At the moment, it's not an issue, but will be by November. I don't know the answer, but trying to work in a 15 degrees classroom is pretty miserable especially if the class is looking for any excuse to avoid challenge.
    I fear that in a couple of months more decisions and U turns will have been necessary.
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  9. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Star commenter

    There are no minimum temp laws.
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  10. Catgirl1964

    Catgirl1964 Senior commenter

    Allow all to wear coats otherwise infections will rise so fast.
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  11. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    At the moment there is no issue with open windows.
    It was warm enough outside to want them open today.
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  12. Jazzz

    Jazzz New commenter

    I had every window I could open wide today. Getting chilly up North and had some staff complain but I hate stuffy classrooms at the best of times, never mind just now!

    I can see everyone having to work in gloves and scarves come Winter.
  13. madenglishgirl

    madenglishgirl New commenter

    When our boiler broke down, we still had to come into work - the lower school didn't have to drag themselves in, but KS4 & 5 did. It was during the 'Beast from the East' 2010 and temperatures plummeted to -2C in my classroom!! It was so cold, I had 2 jumpers, a coat and a hot water bottle strapped to me....I'm not going to start complaining about a bit of a breeze coming in through the window :)
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  14. Sally006

    Sally006 Lead commenter

    Once upon a time I recall there being a level. School heating broke down. I thought it was carry on in coats until it fell below 15C. My memory might not be right though. I certainly recall accurately that children still went outside to play in Ontario in winter until it went below minus 15. It’s not just the temperature though it will be wind and rain blowing in that is a problem.
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  15. Sally006

    Sally006 Lead commenter

    Some will find the Science to say keeping classes of 30 ventilated isn’t necessary. Bit like the 2m rule when they discovered you couldn’t fit more than 6 into a U.K. classroom and then the 1 m rule but only “if you can”. Our are about 25cm apart. It’s the only way to get them all in.

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